Butt to Barra District News


Lionel Funeral – The funeral of Catherine Morrison, Catriona Mearag, who, as noted in this column last week had passed away suddenly at her home at 28 Lionel, aged 72, was held on Thursday, July 5th, when a large number of mourners gathered at the Ness Church of Scotland where the funeral service was taken by Rev Iain M Macdonald, assisted in prayer by Rev Kenneth Ferguson, Cross Free Church.

Singing of praise in Gaelic was led by Alex Morrison, Elder, South Dell, and in English by John Hebditch, Elder, Cross Skigersta. Rev Macdonald officiated at the graveside.

We again share our sympathy with her son Angus, his wife and family, and all the close relatives who mourn in the passing of Catriona.

Eorodale Death – The morning of Thursday, July 5th, brought sadness to us again with the news that Isabella MacDonald, Iseabail Alasdair, formerly from 9 Eorodale, had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital.

Isabella, who was aged 83 years, had latterly been resident in Stornoway.

The funeral of Isabella to Habost Cemetery was on Saturday, July 7th, with the funeral service in the Free Presbyterian Church in Stornoway taken by Rev James Talloch, assisted in prayer by Calum Gunn, Elder, North Tolsta, who is formerly from Ness, with singing of praise led by Murdo Maclean and Hugh Mackenzie. Rev Talloch officiated at the graveside.

In their bereavement we remember her sister Dolina in Glasgow who was not able to be with them at this time, and all close family relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Iseabail.

Weather Topics – In our normal weather pattern it is unusual for Ness people to be thankful for a good shower of rain, but after the recent dry and sunny weather with cold northerly winds, many people in Ness were thankful for the rainfall last weekend to water the garden flowers and the crops on the crofts.

Carloway Football Club - Carloway earned six points out of a possible six from their last two encounters: an emphatic 6-0 victory over Ness last Friday, followed by a narrow 3-2 victory over Stornoway United on Monday.

Carloway now stand 2nd in the league on goal difference, after Stornoway Athletic failed to beat Point at Goathill. However, both Back and Aths have games in hand but the former’s next game takes place a week tomorrow over in Coll against the ‘way.

Match reports for both of these games can now be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk

Eilean an Fhraoich Cup - Carloway travel to Rally Park, Tarbert, on Friday 13th July (tomorrow), where they will face the cup holders Harris in the first leg of the 2nd Round.

Following this, the return leg between both sides will take place on Monday 16th July at Cnoc a’ Choilich, where the overall winner on aggregate will progress to the semi-finals and face Ness. Kick off for both matches kick off at 7pm respectively. Come out and support your team!

Condolences - To the family and sister of the late Mrs Isabella Macleod who passed away at her home in Bayble, Point, we send the sympathy of the community.

Isabella was born and brought up in the village where she was known as (Ishbel Dhodds), Sunny Brae.

We also learned of the sudden death of Ian Moody following a car accident on the mainland. The family lived at lochside for several years.

Sympathy is extended to widow Elaine and family of a daughter and twin sons.


Sympathy - We send sincere condolances to the daughter and extended family of the late Betty Macinnes who recently died in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness aged 90 years.

Betty was the widow of the late Finlay Macinnes (ex 8 Gravir), Betty and Finlay and the family spent many years living on the island where Finlay worked for BT and following a move to the mainland they spent many a summer home in Gravir visiting the many friends they had.

Betty had been in good health up until a couple of weeks before her death and had keep very active being involved with her church groups and her love of her garden.

Welcome - We extend a big welcome to all those who are at home on holiday in the district, we hope this glorious weather continues for them and that they have a relaxing holiday, not to forget we also wish all the school children a contented summer holiday.


Services – Service in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Iain Morrison, Back.

Historical Society Evening – Tonight (Thursday, July 12th) at 7pm in the school there will be a coffee evening to discuss setting up a historical society. It is hoped that everyone will attend who is interested in preserving the past of our community.

Curry Evening – Tomorrow evening (Friday, July 13th) Scalpay Girls Group are having a takeaway curry night in the Community Centre.

Between 5.30pm and 7.30pm there will be a choice of Hot Beef, Medium Chicken and Sweet and Sour Chicken, all costing £6.

Orders can be given in advance to Caroline Morrison, who will also deliver and hopefully the evening will be a great success and raise activity funds.

New Babies – Congratulations to Jody and Morag, Gairloch, on the birth of a daughter, Emily McNeil, on Sunday July 1st.

Morag’s family home is at Tigh a’Chnuic and we send best wishes to proud parents and grandparents at this happy time.

We also wish Finlay Ewen and Hazel, Braemore, Kyles, well on the birth of a daughter, Anne-Marie Macleod, on Monday, July 2nd.

Finlay Ewen has his family home at Fairwinds and we remember delighted parents and grandparents on this joyous occasion.


A look back this week over last month’s local news, belated due to other commitments.

Sad news - The first week of June was a sad one here due to the unexpected death on June 6th, of 84 year old Murdanie Maclean of 5 Aird, Uig, who passed away at the Care Unit, Erista, where he had been staying over the last few years and where he had enjoyed the care and comfort provided by the Unit staff and from where he is now greatly missed.

With his passing, we have lost yet another well known and lifelong local resident. One who was known as far back as we can remember for a pleasant and friendly manner with never an ill word to say of anyone, leaving us, as a community, with happy memories of the hospitable, welcoming and lively home that he, his wife, Mary, who predeceased him by years, and their family shared at 5 Aird.

Murdanie was always associated with machinery, he was behind the driving wheel before he was out of school.

Operating the family lorry, Làraidh Sheogaidh, in and out of Aird for whatever business it was put to and latterly working for Norman Macaulay’s haulage and quarry business at Carnish, being the last of the cheerful squad who worked there in the 70s and 80s.

The sympathy of the community is extended to his family, daughter Janet, son Iain and their own families and to his sister, Mrs Etta Maclennan, Stornoway and family, in their sad loss.

The funeral was held at Uigean Church on Sat June 9th with interment at Ardroil Cemetery.

The condolences of former neighbours, relatives and friends are also extended to the family of Mrs Chrissie Mary Randall, nee Macritchie, one time of 15 Breanish.

Mrs Randall passed away in England following a long illness and also of Mrs Mabel Macleod, who passed away in Inverness, also following a long illness and who, with her husband, Donald, formerly of 2 Timsgarry, was a regular visitor to Timsgarry over the years.